We’re thrilled to introduce you to our #SRStylist takeover series! Our fabulous Simon & Ruby brand ambassadors are sharing their mini travel diary based on their recent adventures – either on the road or in their own hometown.
Hi. I’m Samantha! I have been in love with fashion ever since I was old enough to dress myself. Street fashion, runway fashion, celebrations of fashion, exclamation points about fashion… I’ll take them all! I am also obsessed with traveling and seeing the world.
I love the Midwest but I also have the biggest crush on the West Coast. On the resume list you can count running my own e-commerce site full of my favorite finds and I just launched my lifestyle blog in February. It features entertaining tips, recipes, stylist how -to’s, travel guides, and stories of my everyday life. I love channeling my inner gypsy and I believe every girl – no matter where they are in the world – has a bit of wanderlust spirit in them. You can currently find me in Tulsa, Oklahoma hanging with my silver fox & two puppies, road tripping with my daughter, or sipping lattes with friends. I am also relocating to Barcelona in January so I was so happy to have a Summer Staycation exploring My Oklahoma. Excited to share my current hometown with you all!
With so much on my plate this summer, I decided to look in my own backyard and explore all that Oklahoma has to offer. Day trips exploring local attractions really inspire me. Spectacular prairies, lush green country, crazy thunderstorms, and the prettiest sunsets that will take your breath away. Also home to the longest stretch of Route 66 in the country.
48 hours in TULSA:
- Morning coffee at Hodges Bend is a favorite. Find a cozy corner and just relax with a latte. (Hemingway would approve.)
- Enjoy a long leisurely brunch at The Bramble in the Blue Dome District. The white cheddar short stack is what dreams are made of. And their mimosas are divine.
- Get something new to you at my favorite vintage shop Vintage Vault. I always find the best oversized sunnies and some amazing 70’s statement necklaces and I am a sucker for a good Western clutch and cowboy boots. I can’t ever escape my hometown Texas charm.
- Head over to The Tulsa Garden Center’s conservatory. It was constructed in 1924 and features plants from all over the world. The garden is also a butterfly haven and I can get lost here. Such a sweet space to collect your thoughts and get some inspiration.
- The Tallgrass Prairie located in the fascinating Osage Hills. It is protected as the largest tract of remaining tallgrass prairie in the world. The preserve contains 39,000 acres owned by The Conservatory and another 6,000 acres leased in what was the original Tallgrass region of the Great Plains that stretched from Texas to Manitoba. You can see wild horses and Bison grazing the plains. There is just something about being out here in this open space under that big blue sky.
- Make time for the additional miles to Bartlesville, Oklahoma and enjoy some bubbly in the Price Tower bar. Check out the very grand architecture of the brilliant Frank Lloyd Wright .
- Grab a delicious dinner at Frank & Lola’s.
- Explore the Mother Road (Route 66).
- Start in Tulsa and grab a gypsy tonic from Lola’s Gypsy Caravan.
- Pop into @jenkinsandcotulsa . This store is incredibly beautiful.
- Then head out and take Route 66 to Oklahoma City. There is so much to see and explore so take your time.
- Highly recommend stopping at Wilson’s Fruit Stand for some summer okra and the best watermelons in Oklahoma .
- Stop at John’s OK County 66. He will give you a tour of his property and it’s not be to be missed.
- In Arcadia, the big red barn is dreamy and do go get a cream soda from Pop’s.
I hope you loved getting to know Oklahoma. There is so much to do and see. Follow me on my journeys as I make the big trek across the pond!
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